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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

CIA Responds to Ex-Official’s “Roswell Happened” Claim: Not True

Robbie Graham has provided a response to the Brandon CIA-Roswell farce, with this clarification:


Press Release 11 July, 2012


For Immediate Distribution

By Matthew Alford, PhD

After a tense wait, the CIA has finally stated its position on the explosive “Roswell Happened” comments made by their former Entertainment Liaison Officer Chase Brandon.  Jennifer Youngblood of the Agency's Office of Public Affairs said that official historians have checked their files but “found nothing in the Agency’s holdings to corroborate Mr. Brandon’s specific claims.”
Brandon ignited an ongoing media furore following his appearance on Coast to Coast AM on June 23 of this year when he announced that he had seen evidence in a box marked ‘Roswell’ at the CIA’s Historical Intelligence Collection (HIC) which confirmed “100%” his belief that the government had recovered an extraterrestrial craft and its occupants near Roswell, New Mexico in July of 1947.
The CIA was responding by email to a detailed series of questions sent by a group of British and Canadian researchers: Robbie Graham, doctoral candidate at the University of Bristol and editor ofsilverscreensaucers.blogspot.com, Matthew Alford, Grant Cameron, and Victor Viggiani. The group’s email requested information about Brandon, specifically: his current relationship with the CIA; the possibility of researchers checking his claims; the vetting of his comments by the Publications Review Board, and whether his utterances disclosed classified information in any way.
Robbie Graham commented: “The CIA have done exactly what we expected they would do.  They’ve refused to address our questions and they’ve brushed aside Brandon’s claims without directly calling him a liar.” He added:  “It’s interesting that they say they actually
checked their archives for the ‘Roswell box’ Brandon described -- that must have been a weird library trip.”
The purpose of Brandon's statements remains unclear, with some pointing to him promoting his new book, The Cryptos Conundrum, and others speculating it could be part of a more sophisticated UFO disinformation or disclosure strategy.
Youngblood also pointed the researchers towards the Agency's 1997 supposedly definitive account of its role in UFO studies, which appears on its website:
Click HERE for the CIA response (a PDF).

21 Comments:

  • Can someone please explain what is an "Entertainment Liaison Officer", in the CIA ?

    What exactly are his day-to-day duties?

    By Blogger cda, at Wednesday, July 11, 2012  

  • Yah, what the hell is an Entertainment Liaison Officer?

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Wednesday, July 11, 2012  

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CIA_influence_on_public_opinion

    under the rubric "Assistance to entertainment"

    Regards

    Don

    By Blogger Don, at Wednesday, July 11, 2012  

  • The reports being posted here are from silverscreensaucers. I assume there is plenty of information about the AFOSI, CIA, FBI involvement in movie making and Hollywood on the site, even if it is a uk site.

    I'm rather surprised Brandon's job description is unknown here.

    If this were the USSR, Brandon would be referred to as a 'commissar'.

    Regards,

    Don

    By Blogger Don, at Wednesday, July 11, 2012  

  • Billy Cox (at my urging) spoke with two Public Information Officers as well as with Hayden Peake at his home, last night. This is reported today on his Devoid blog.

    What they told Billy that is "off the record" I will reveal here and now:

    They believe he is telling lies to sell a book.

    Having turned 65, he is now on a fixed income pension and he enjoys "entertaining"...

    Again, this was the gist of what was said "off the record" in an email received by Billy from the CIA.

    It pains me as I rarely trust much of what the CIA says relative to the things UFO. But in this case they are right. My sainted grandfather told me before he died about finding truth with just three words:

    "Follow the money."

    AJB

    By Blogger Anthony Bragalia, at Wednesday, July 11, 2012  

  • Brandon worked for the CIA for decades and now asserts that he knows that Roswell was an out-of-this-world event. A.B. and others doubt this because...Brandon has a book coming out. Fair enough, on the surface. But the Public Information Officers( PIOs), who also work for the CIA, assert (off the record) that Brandon is lying. And we believe that THEY are telling the truth because... they don't have a book comming out?! Since all of the parties involved were or are employed by the CIA, there is no credability anywhere here. Book publishing aside, I say that given our past history with CIA "information", that the PIOs are just as likely to be lying as Brandon. Why not?

    By Blogger Dominick, at Wednesday, July 11, 2012  

  • A valid point Dominick.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Wednesday, July 11, 2012  

  • Dominick wrote: "I say that given our past history with CIA "information", that the PIOs are just as likely to be lying as Brandon. Why not?"

    So? Is that of significance?

    Regards,

    Don

    By Blogger Don, at Wednesday, July 11, 2012  

  • If writing a book is a "significant" reason to doubt Brandon's assertions, then working for the CIA as PIOs is significant reason to doubt their assertions that Brandon is lying.

    By Blogger Dominick, at Wednesday, July 11, 2012  

  • One should doubt them because they are merely "assertions". I ignore them because they are merely "assertions". I need no other reason.

    There is no there there. When there is, let me know.

    Regards,

    Don

    By Blogger Don, at Wednesday, July 11, 2012  

  • Let's put this in perspective.

    A guy says he saw some stuff in a box and it convinced him Roswell was an ET event. I know people who think Roswell was an ET event and they didn't see anything in a CIA box. Maybe what was in the box was the script for the Roswell movie -- or better because there are photos, a copy of The Truth About The UFO Crash At Roswell, by Randle and Schmitt. The book convinced lots of people Roswell was an ET event. Why not Brandon, too?

    The box is in a place I do not have clearance to enter, therefore there is nothing for me to research. Brandon said he won't tell what was in the box, therefore there is nothing for me to analyze.

    Therefore, case closed, not by me, but by Brandon.

    Quoting from Roger Ebert's review of Pi:

    "When you're looking for something that doesn't exist, it makes you crazier the closer you get to it."

    So, I don't look for stuff like that.

    Regards,

    Don

    By Blogger Don, at Wednesday, July 11, 2012  

  • Had there been another box with the label "San Augustin '47" on it, would a certain Stanton Friedman have raised an eyebrow?

    By Blogger cda, at Thursday, July 12, 2012  

  • Continuing with my theory that what was in Brandon's "box" was a book about Roswell (I used "The Truth etc" just as an example), it might be amusing to name that book. Since I haven't read any Roswell books written after the first one, maybe someone here can identify which it might be from Brandon's comments.

    "It was not a damn weather balloon -- it was what it was billed when people first reported it. It was a craft that clearly did not come from this planet, it crashed and I don't doubt for a second that the use of the word 'remains' and 'cadavers' was exactly what people were talking about."

    So, is there a book out there that has it that there were "first reports" from "people" who reported the object was from another planet and who used the words "remains" and "cadavers" to do so?

    Just in case all the books have something like that, then congratulations to you Roswell writers, and thank you so very much. Brandon is your little monster.

    Regards,

    Don

    By Blogger Don, at Thursday, July 12, 2012  

  • What this post ( as well as several others) demonstrate is the current downward trend of the phenomenon itself becoming a secondary topic to the antics of those who manipulate it by steering the conversation back to a decades long dead end at the end of the road that leads to the real and metaphorically empty desert surrounding Roswell, N.M.
    There is very little sentience left in this topic and what we have are autonomic conundrums that are fifth or fourth hand traces of an empty canal.
    I think the fact that this fellow was an entertainment liaison officer also demonstrates ( much to my bemusement) he still compulsively performs his former duties for the common folk.

    By Blogger Bruce Duensing, at Thursday, July 12, 2012  

  • ...A most perceptive observation, CDA," Duensing said, bestowing a 24-w (Gracious Condescension) leavened with a hint of 7-y (Expectation of Great Things in Due Course) on the lucky skeptic, at which his fellow underlings around the blog were quick to bombard him with approbation, ranging from TheNurse's 12.7-x (Knew You Had It In You, Fella) to RRR's more restrained 119-a (We're All Pulling For You, Lad), to which he responded with a shy 3-v (Modest Awareness of Virtue).

    By Blogger Kurt Peters, at Friday, July 13, 2012  

  • for Don's post:
    "...and thank you so very much...."

    ...nice Basil Fawlty reference, dude!

    By Blogger Kurt Peters, at Friday, July 13, 2012  

  • Happy 13 Friday!

    ..just found some old Roswell research that may be useful:

    http://www.cufos.org/airforce.htm

    http://www.cufos.org/FrankKaufmannExposed.pdf

    By Blogger Kurt Peters, at Friday, July 13, 2012  

  • Let me put this simply:

    To understand Roswell you gotta understand the researchers.

    So, can you guys post a link to the DD214 of Karl Pflock and/or Kevin Randle?

    By Blogger Chuck Finley, at Sunday, July 15, 2012  

  • CF:

    We rarely do links.

    JS

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Sunday, July 15, 2012  

  • "To understand Roswell you gotta understand the researchers"

    The fatal flaw of Roswell skeptics.

    Regards,

    Don

    By Blogger Don, at Sunday, July 15, 2012  

  • There are Roswell researchers [SIC]?

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Sunday, July 15, 2012  

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